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1866 — 1935 

"^ksstb is tfye wan ifyat maketij ttj* Jkarb ijis trust." psalms 40:4. 

"Jilesseh is ti\t ptvpk tl]at fenom tlf* jugful sauna; tlj*g sfyall walk, 
Jlorh, iu t^c Kgfyt of tljg countenance.''' psalms 89:15. 

To the Members 

The Lower Country Line Primitive Baptist Association 
this little Memoir is affectionately inscribed. 

During our sore bereavement many messages of 
sympathy and comfort have come to us, which we would 
like to share with other hearts "acquainted with grief." 

With them are some of the tributes received, to the 
life of our dear one, — a life made comely by the grace 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Added to these are a few extracts from letters and 
minutes of the Association, and some articles written 
by Elders who were much beloved. 

These articles were found carefully filed with other 
church papers, and as they express the faith he dis- 
tinctly approved, and which was the pillar and ground 
of his hope, it has been thought not inappropriate to 
append them to this memorial which goes forth among 
those he loved, and whom he delighted to serve. 

Laura Reed Gooch. 

July, 1935. 

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Joseph Henry Gooch, second son of Henry Spraggins and Jane R. Holeman 
Gooch was born near Stem, in Granville County, on September 14, 1866, and fell 
asleep in Jesus on the night of April 6, 1935, at his home in Stem, aged 68 years, 
6 months, and 23 days. Death resulted from a sudden heart attack. 

His only brother, Wayne H. Gooch died in 1915, and an older sister, Mrs. 
Emma Clayton, passed away in 1925, leaving as the sole survivor of his father's 
family, one sister, Mrs. Allie Gooch Reid. 

On October 4, 1904 he was married to Miss Sudie Hunt, daughter of Mrs. 
Susan Hunt, who died on November 22, 1908, leaving one small daughter, Janie Gold. 

On December 8, 1910 he was married to Miss Laura A. Reed, only daughter 
of Anslem and Rebecca, Watkins Reed, of Winston-Salem, who with the daughter, 
survives to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. 

In early manhood he was led to love the truth, and on Saturday, June 12, 
1897, united with the church at Camp Creek, and was baptized the following day 
by Elder Albert Blalock. His mother joined at the water and was baptized at the 
same time. Believing he possessed the qualification of a Deacon, he was ordained 
to that office in Camp Creek Church on Aug. 9, 1903, by a Presbytery composed of 
Elders Albert Blalock and J. J. Hall, which office he faithfully and prayerfully filled 
to the close of his life, being chosen as a Deacon of Memorial Church when it was 

He was elected Clerk of the church on Nov. 14, 1903, and filled that office 
until Dec. 8, 1923, when he was granted a letter of dismission to join in the 
organization of Memorial Primitive Baptist Church in Stem. 

On August 20, 1906, The Country Line Association in session with Mt. Zion 
Church, Halifax Co., Va., decided on account of the large number of churches 
composing that body, and the large territory covered by it, to divide into two 
associations, named The Upper and Lower Country Line. Mr. Gooch was elected 
Clerk of The Lower Country Line Association at this time, and until his death 
held that office, retaining through all the changes of time and surrounding distur- 
bances, the love and fellowship of the brethren. When his health began failing, 
several times he asked to be relieved of the office, but the Association refused to 
consider his resignation, saying they would appoint help for the work,\ but desired 
that he remain Clerk as long as he lived. 

He was untiring in his efforts for peace, and in striving for the general welfare 
of the churches. His greatest joy was in listening to the gospel preached, and in 
serving his brethren. He loved the truth, and was jealous of the doctrine and order 
of the Lord's house. He was well established in the principles of predestination, 
foreknowledge and election of God, saying that was the only doctrine of any comfort 
to him; patient and forbearing with those*, who did not see as clearly or deeply on 
some points of doctrine as others were favored to see, yet there was no compromise 


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when the truth was assailed. In relating his experience, he said he was shown more 
plainly the beauty of the true church, while listening to a bitter denunciation of it 
from the pulpit of another order, and he felt then, if enabled to do so, he wanted 
to join at the first opportunity, this "sect everywhere spoken against", for he loved 
that people and wanted to live with them and share the reproach and abuse heaped 
upon them. At the next meeting day at Camp Creek, he offered to the church and 
was received. His life proved his abiding love for this people, and that he "served 
the Lord with gladness." 

Some years ago he was deeply impressed with the desire for a meeting house 
in Stem, more comfortable and convenient than the hall over a store, which he had 
years before fitted up and furnished for preaching service. Such an impression meant 
a striving to bring about its accomplishment, and together with other willing hearts 
and hands, he wrought earnestly and well until Memorial Church was completed, 
donating the land upon which it was built and giving untiringly of his time and 
strength and means. And how he delighted in its services! Only one day is it 
recalled that he was absent, and that was a grief to him. As long as he was able, it 
was a joy to him to attend to the house and grounds, keeping them neat, clean 
and orderly. Like Paul, he felt things should be "done decently and in order", and 
it was his desire to keep them so. As has been said of him, "he loved his country, 
his state, his community, his church and his home, and his efforts were unceasingly 
directed, both by precept and example to the betterment of each and all," but his 
chief joy was in his church and home. 

Since 1887, (excepting about seven years), he had charge of the Post Office. 
First as assistant at Tally Ho, and later as Postmaster when that office was moved 
to Stem. He held that position until his death, in all, a period of over forty years 

When the Bank of Stem was organized in 1908, he was elected President and 
filled that office until December 1827, when on account of his failing health and 
changing business conditions it was decided that the bank be voluntarily liquidated. 

For a number of years he conducted a general merchandise store in the place. 

In business he was prompt, faithful and diligent. 

The Lord blessed him with a tender and responsive heart to those in need, even 
when denying himself to minister to their necessities. While greatly favored of the 
Lord, it was his lot to endure many deep and bitter sorrows, but an unseen strength 
supported him, and he manifested the spirit expressed by Job when he said, "Though 
he slay me, yet will I trust in him." Patient and submissive through all his sickness 
and suffering, not a fretful or rebellious murmur escaped his lips. Calmly, and with 
a thoughtfulness and carefulness that was surprising, he made almost in detail, every 
possible arrangement for the end, and was ready when the summons came. 

A short service was held in the home on Monday afternoon, April 8th, by Elder 
D. V. Spangler, after which the remains were conveyed to Memorial Church where 
they lay in state until the hour for funeral at 2:30 o'clock. The funeral service was 
conducted in accordance with his request, by Elder A. B. Denson of Rocky Mount, 
N. C, Elder E. L. Cobb of Wilson, and Elder D. V. Spangler of Cascade, Va. When 
making the request to each one, he stated, it was his wish they preach the gospel, 
with the ability the Lord gives, indulge in no eulogy, but at the close, if they wished, 

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say, that was the doctrine he loved and trusted in. 

We feel his wishes were complied with. The gospel was preached and the songs 
of Zion sweetly sung. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord," who 

"Sleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, 

From which none ever wake to weep." 

"Sleep on! 
We saw thee suffering, and we saw 
The patience sweet and strong; 
But now pain's last, long hour is past, 
And Jesus' blissful rest, at last 
Shall dreamless sleep prolong: 
"Sleep on ! 

"Sleep on! 
Dear brow and hands and wearied feet 

Were needing rest we know; 
And we, who loved them all so well, 
Who clung unto them, even when 
The river's spray was felt, and then 
Turned back alone, we still must wait; 
For well we trust, with joy unknown, 
Past all sufferings of the "here", 
Past heart ache's touch and sorrow's tear, 
A precious one in God's own time 

Has entered home. 
"Sleep on! 

"Sleep on ! 
We'll softly tread and whisper low 
Within the rooms you've hallowed so, 
And though we never can forget, 
The face so loved for years and years, 
The tender voice, which even yet 
Seems whispering, "this is not for tears", 
Yet we would not disturb the rest 
A Father gives, "who knoweth best". 
But "Jesus wept", so we may weep, 
Our tears will not disturb the sleep, 
"He giveth His beloved"; 
"Sleep on! 

Laura R. Gooch 
Zion's Landmark and Signs of the Times. 


In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 

I wish to write a short tribute in memory of Brother J. H. Gooch who was 
a very dear brother in Christ to me. 

I have known him for fifteen years, and during that time I have never' known 
any one who was more spiritually inclined at all times. I loved him because of 
the wonderful manifestation of the spirit of God in him. In all my acquaintance, 
I never saw any one more Christ-like than dear Brother Gooch. 

I feel thankful that I did try in my weak way to let him know that I loved 
him, and certainly he let me know in many ways that he loved me, and esteemed 
me very highly for the work's sake. 

He was a devoted lover of the gospel, and I feel his steps were ordered of the 
Lord. His conversation was mostly on heavenly and divine things. 

Brother Gooch 's advice and counsel was sought by both white and colored, 
on any number of things or subjects, which came up among the people of his 
acquaintance, and no one came to him in vain, for aid in any form. 

He was a pillar in his association, having been the competent Clerk of The 
Lower Country Line Association since it was organized in 1906, and a very useful 
member of his church, since he joined on the second Saturday in June, 1897, that 
being the same day I united with the church. The knowledge of this seemed 
to draw us nearer 5 together if possible, notwithstanding the fact that it was several 
years afterward before we met, and the churches of our membership were seventy- 
five miles apart. 

Since I have known him, and we have been drawn together, he has visited my 
church, and am very glad that he was able to be with us just two weeks before 
the Lord saw fit to call him home. This was the last time Brother Gooch heard 
any preaching, and he was blest to greatly enjoy it. 

While I feel that he has gone to be with his Saviour, he has left a vacancy no 
one can fill. I have every reason to believe that he felt as Paul said: "For I am 
now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought 
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith ; Henceforth there 
is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, 
shall give me at that day ; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love 
his appearing." II Tim. 4:6, 7, 8, verses. 

I dearly loved Brother Gooch and he always manifested a great love for me. 

A. B. Denson 

I trust in our God for guidance to write in memory of our Brother Joseph 
H. Gooch, who was a member and faithful Deacon of Memorial Primitive Baptist 
Church m Stem, N. C, and who passed away on April 6, 1935, after a very useful 
life to his fellow man, as well as to his church. 

Brother Gooch was a man that to know him was to love him. In all my life 
I have never met one more favored with the grace of our God to mete out 
fairness to his brethren. Always desiring peace, but not at the cost of principle 
or point of doctrine. He was so quiet in his speech, and in controlling matters 

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of importance, and was such a help to The Lower Country Line Association. This 
Association has lost a faithful Clerk, one who will be missed more than can be 
expressed, but will be felt. 

He was a lover of good, sound preaching of the gospel and he loved the men 
that God enabled to preach the gospel. 

It has been an inspiration in my life, to press on and on, since learning of 
his love for me, and the preaching given me of the Lord, and I hope I may be 
favored in his memory, to turn neither to the right or left, but grow deeper in 
the doctrine that men in their natural state do not love. I have heard him say 
he did not know where to draw the line, but he was sure all, things were in the 
control of our God. 

By Brother Gooch's request I took part in his funeral service. There was a 
large congregation of people, and the most beautiful funeral arrangement I ever 
witnessed. It will be remembered by those present for years to come. 

May we bow our heads in humble submission to Him who doeth all things 
well, believing that the dear Lord knows best, and in all His arrangements before 
the world was, it has, in his life and end, been just as He fixed it; feeling He 
is too good to err, and too kind to do wrong, and that all He does, or has dolne, 
is according to his determinate counsel, and that whatever is, is the best. 

E. L. Cobb. 

Words fail to express our loss in the death of Brother J. H. Gooch of Memorial 
Church in Stem, N. C. 

I have served his church as Pastor for about eighteen months and have known 
him for about twelve years. The longer I have known him, the better I loved him. 

Brother Gooch was established in the doctrine and order of the Primitive Baptist 
Church, salvation by grace. He was a firm believer in the predestination of all 
things, believing it to be a part of the doctrine of election, that "all things work 
together for good to them that love the Lord." Not only did he believe this 
doctrine, but he walked it and talked it, to the glory of God, by an orderly walk 
and godly conversation. The love of God prompted him several years ago, with 
the help of a few other faithful brethren, sisters and friends, to erect a nice church 
house near his home, in the town of Stem, giving liberally of his means toward it. 

He was chosen a Deacon of this church when it was organized, and since the 
day of the Apostles, I feel that none have served their church more faithfully than 
our brother. This service was a privilege and a pleasure, rather than a duty with 
him. In serving his brethren, he served his God. 

He requested the writer some time before his death to take part in his funeral 
service, and that we not talk of him, but of the doctrine he loved. The scripture 
I felt impressed to use on that occasion was II Tim. 4:6 and 7 verses, "For I 
am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have 
fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept tlie faith." 

It is our desire, together with many others, we feel, to follow the example 
he has left us, looking forward in that blessed hope of meeting him, and all the 
redeemed in that better land where there is no sickness, sorrow, pain or death. 

D. V. Spangler. 


In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 

Joseph Henry Gooch, youngest son of Henry Spraggins and Jane Rebecca 
Holeman Gooch, was born in Granville County, N. C., near the village of Stem, 
on Sept. 14, 1866, and fell asleep in Jesus on the night of April 6th, 1935, at his home 
in Stem. 

His only brother, Wayne H. Gooch, met a tragic death in Texas on Nov. 14, 
1915, and an older widowed sister, Mrs. Emma Clayton, passed away on Oct. 6, 
1925, which leaves as the sole survivor of his father's family, one sister, Mrs. 
Allie Gooch Reid, wife of Mr. D. S. Reid of Winston-Salem, N. C. 

On Oct. 4, 1904, he was happily married to Miss Sudie Hunt, youngest daughter 
of Mrs. Susan Hunt. She died on November 22, 1908, leaving one small daughter, 
Janie Gold. 

On Dec. 8, 1910, he was married to Miss Laura A. Reed of Winston-Salem, 
only daughter of Anslem and Rebecca Watkins Reed, who with the daughter survives 
to mourn the loss of a devoted husband, and a tender and affectionate father. 

After a short, simple service in the home, on Monday afternoon, April 8th, the 
remains were conveyed to Memorial Primitive Baptist church, a spot he dearly 
loved, in the tov/n of Stem, where they lay in state till the hour of service at 
2:30 o'clock. 

The funeral was conducted by Elder A. B. Denson of Rocky Mount, Elder 
E. L. Cobb of Wilson and Elder D. V. Spangler of Cascade, Va., the pastor, and in 
spite of inclement weather was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. 

Active pall bearers chosen were Messrs F. D. Long, B. C. Clinard, J. J. Whitley, 
W. L. Teague, George Clay, Otho Goss, Lester Williford, John Benbcw and C. F. 

Due to an incomplete record of the large number of honorary pall bearers and 
floral bearers, the names of these are omitted. Among them were many dear ones, 
whose friendship had been prized for years. 

The floral tributes which were profuse, bore in part, a silent testimony to the 
high esteem in which Joseph H. Gooch was held. 

Burial was in the cemetery in Stem by the side of other loved ones. 

''For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." 
These words seem fitting in connection with the life he lived, for his was a life of 

Burdened almost from boyhood, with cares and responsibilities, which increased 
with the passing years, there was always manifest the same untiring fidelity, and 
willine response to the duties laid upon him. 

He loved his country, his state, his community, his church and his home, and 
his efforts were unceasingly directed both by precept and example to the betterment 
of each and all. 

But it was in his church and home that his beautiful life shone forth most 
resplendently, for it was there he exemplified so fully the life of a true, humble 
follower of the Master, and of a faithful and devoted husband and father. 

Filling many offices of trust in both church and state, he was faithful in them all. 

His strict integrity, his good judgment and sense of fairness and justice, were 

In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 


recognized by all who could appreciate true worth and nobility of character. 

Scorning intrigue, deceit or falsehood in all its forms, he was one such as) the 
Psalmist described, "in whose eyes a vile person is condemned", and one "who swear- 
eth to his own hurt and changeth not", and whose life was spent "in patient contin- 
uance in well doing." 

In him the poor and needy always found a ready ear to their necessities, and 
no cause or suppliant was too humble to enlist his sympathy and his aid,, often at 
a sacrifice to himself. But he "did not his alms before men to be seen of them." 

Some years ago he felt impressed with the building of a house of worship in 
the village of Stem, and to feel such an impression was to set about carrying it out. 
Donating the land upon which the church was built, with other willing hands he 
wrought earnestly and well, giving liberally not only of his substance, but of his 
time and strength, until the building was complete, and stands today as a lasting 
monument to his deep and abiding love for the cause of his Master. 

Truly a good man has fallen: — one who was just and true, — one of earth's 

"Life's race well run 

Life's work well done, 

Life's earthly crown well won, 
Now comes rest." 


— Oxford Public Ledger. 



Native of Granville Had Made Reputation for Himself During Long 

Years of Public Life. 

Rites For Prominent Business Man of Stem to Be Held In That 

Community At 2:30 


Durham, April 7. — (AP) — Funeral service for Joseph Henry Gooch, prominent 
business man of Stem who died as the result of a heart attack at his home late 
Saturday night, will be held at the Memorial Primitive Baptist church at Stem, 
Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. 

Elder A. B. Denson, of Rocky Mount; Elder E. L. Cobb, of Wilson, and Elder 
D. V. Spangler, of Cascade, Va., will be in charge of the rites. Interment will follow 
in the cemetery at Stem. 


In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 

Mr. Gooch had been in declining health for some time but his death was 

Born in Granville county in 1866, Mr. Gooch had lived in and around Stem 
all his life and attained prominence in business and civic life. He was president 
of the Bank of Stem until it was dissolved, and was also owner of a general store. 

Appointed postmaster in 1887, Mr. Gooch held the post, with the exception 
of a few years, until his death. 

Surviving are his second wife, Mrs. Laura Reed Gocch, and one daughter, 
Mrs. Janie Gooch Doughton. 

Mr. Gooch was born September 14, 1866, in Tally Ho township, Granville 
county, near Shoo Fly, the sen of Henry Spraggins and Jane Rebecca Holeman 
Gooch. He entered business as a grocery clerk and proved so proficient that he 
was taken into the company as partner. After being connected with several business 
enterprises he became sole owner of a general store at Stem and was also appointed 
postmaster in 1887. During the 40 years that he held the position it is said that 
no one ever asked for mail, or even for a stamp, without being waited on, regardless 
of the hour. He also had an enviable reputation as a merchant. 

The bank of Stem was organized in 1908. Mr. Gocch was elected president and 
retained the position until the bank went into voluntary liquidation in 1927. 

In 1904 he was married to Miss Sudie H. Hunt, who died in 1908, leaving one 
daughter, Janie Gold. In 1910 he was married to Miss Laura A. Reed, of Winston - 
Salem, who survives. 

Mr. Gooch was distinctly a self-made man. He attended neighborhood schools 
for a short time, not more than IS months, but the deficiency in formal education 
was offset by native ability, energy and strength of character. For 16 years he was 
a justice of the peace. He joined Camp Creek Primitive Baptist church in 1897 
and. he continued to exercise a lively interest in church affairs during the remainder 
of his life. 

Greensboro Daily News, and Oxford Public Ledger. 


Joseph H. Gooch, 69, retired merchant and broker of Stem, Granville county and 
brother of Mrs. D. S. Reid, Sr., of this city, died late Saturday night at hie! home 
as the result of a heart attack. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon 
from the Memorial Primitive Baptist Church at Stem, of which he was a member. 
A. B. Denson, of Rocky Mount; Elder E. L. Cobb, of Wilson, and Eider D. V. 
Spangler, of Cascade, Va., had charge of the service and interment was in the 
cemetery at Stem. 

The deceased had been in declining heallh for several years and his death was 
not unexpected. For many years he was in the mercantile business at Stem and 
served as president of the Bank of Stem until it was dissolved. He was appointed 
postmaster in 1887 and held this post, with the exception of a few years, until his 

For more than a quarter of a century he had served as clerk of The Lower 

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Country Line Primitive Baptist Association. 

In 1904 he was married to Miss Sudie H. Hunt, who died in 1908. In 1910 
he was married to Miss Laura A. Reed, of Winston-Salem, who survives. He is 
also survived by! one daughter, Mrs. George Doughton, of Charlotte. 

— TwinCity Sentinel, Winston-Salem. 


Funeral of Stem Business Man Will Be Held There This Afternoon 
Durham, April 7. — (AP) — Funeral services for Joseph H. Gooch, prominent 
business man of Stem who died at his home late Saturday night, will be held from 
the Memorial Primitive Baptist church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. 

Mr. Gooch had been in declining health for some time but his death was 

Born in Granville county in 1866, Mr. Gooch had lived in and around Stem 
all his life and attained prominence in business and. civic life. He was president of 
the Bank of Stem until it was dissolved and was also owner of a general store. 

Appointed postmaster in 1887, Mr. Gooch held the post, with the exception of 
a few years, until his death. 

Surviving are his second wife, Mrs. Laura Reed Gooch, and one daughter, 
Janie Gold Gooch. 

Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News and Observer, Durham Morning Herald. 

Joseph Henry Gooch was not as well-known, perhaps, as other men| in Gran- 
ville county who have spent many years in public service, but the Stem villagers 
and others with whom he came in contact know best the high type character 
and untiring public service exemplified in his useful life. Death has removed one 
of the finest citizens the county had. 

— Editorial Comment in Oxford Public Ledger. 


Dear Editor: 

Please allow me to express through the pages of the Public Ledger a final 
tribute to one of Granville's first citizens who today was buried. 

I was born and raised in Stem, and all the time that I was going through 
school, Mr. Gooch was living there, a good citizen, a good neighbor, a good friend 
to all those who were in need and want. 

He was a Christian gentleman, a good father, and a man well known and loved 
throughout the county and that section of the state. 

A church builder, a bank organizer, and a man who always stood for the right, 
this was Joseph H. Gooch. 

May God bless his family, his friends and his community where his presence 
will be missed. 

Robert M. Hardee, 
Pastor of M. E. Church at\ Cullowhee, 

Cullowhee, N. C, April 8, 1935. 


In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 

193 5, 1:00 O'CLOCK 

Hymn — "Jesus Lover of My Soul." 

Prayer and short talk by the Pastor, Elder D. V. Spangler. 

Reading from II Tim. 4:6 to 9 Verse. 


Remains were then borne to the church where they lay in state till hour of 
funeral service. 

1935, 2:30 O'CLOCK 

Memorial Primitive Baptist Church, Stem, N. C. 
Hymn — "How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord". 
Prayer — Elder D. V. Spangler. 
Hymn — "Asleep in Jesus". 

Elder A. B. Denson read and spoke from 103rd Psalm. 
Hymn — "Jerusalem My Happy Home". 

Elder E. L. Cobb read 90th Psalm t speaking from 1st and 2nd verses. 

Elder D. V. Spangler read and spoke from II Tim. 6 and 7 verses. 

Hymn — "Abide With Me" sung as floral offerings were taken from the church. 

Hymn No. 596. 

"Mid scenes of confusion, and creature complaints, 
How sweet to my soul is communion with saints, etc." 
with chorus of Home Sweet Home. 

Sung as remains were borne from the church. 

Hymns sung as remains were being committed to the grave: 
"Nearer My God to Thee". 
"Rock of Ages". 
"Jesus Lover of My Soul" and others. 
The last hymn being: 

"We shall sleep but not forever, 

There will be a glorious dawn, 
We shall meet to part, no never, 
On the resurrection morn" 

In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 


Resolutions presented and adopted by a rising vote at The Lower Country Line 
Primitive Baptist Association in session at Wheelers Church, Person Co., N. C, July 
20, 1935. 


Whereas, our sovereign covenant-keeping God through the work of His Holy 
Spirit has ever, throughout the history of the church on earth, furnished the church, 
which is the mystical body of Christ, with members and gifts suited to the edifica- 
tion, instruction and comfort of His beloved people, and has placed these members 
and gifts in the body as pleases Himself ; and, 

Whereas, we believe we have had such a useful member and gift in the person 
and character of our departed brother J. H. Gooch who for twenty-nine years has 
served this association, The Lower Country Line, in the capacity of Clerk, faithfully 
and devotedly; and 

Whereas, it has pleased Almighty God to terminate our brother's service among 
us, and to remove him from this earthly scene to be at rest and at peace in the 
presence of His; Lord, where we are confident his heavenly gain far surpasses our 
loss and our sorrow at his going, painful indeed as this loss is to us: his brethren, 
his family and his friends; therefore 

Be it Resolved, that we bow in submission to the Divine will, having the assur- 
ance that the Lord has taken His own unto Himself, with arn inexpressible thank- 
fulness in our hearts to the Giver of gifts that He raised up our dear brother Gooch 
by His grace and gave him to these churches and to this association to labor among 
us humbly, God-fearingly and in christian love, causing him ever to stand for sound 
doctrine and order much to our comfort and to our further establishing in the truth; 
and further 

Be it Resolved that this resolution be spread upon our Minutes, and that a copy 
be sent to the church of his membership, to his beloved and sorely bereaved wife, 
our sister Gooch, and to the Signs of the Times, and Zion's Landmark. 

(Signed) F. D. Long, Moderator 
J. J. Whitley, Clerk 

Resolutions of respect for our departed Brother, J. H. Gooch as offered and 
adopted in conference at Memorial Primitive Baptist Church, in Stem, N. C. on Satur- 
day, May 11, 1935. 

Whereas, It has been the will of our Heavenly Father to take into His glorious 
presence by death, the soul of our beloved Brother and Deacon, Joseph H. Gooch; 

Whereas, in the passing of our Brother in Christ, Memorial Church has lost as 
faithful a member as ever lived; one who believed in, walked and talked, the 
doctrine of salvation by grace; and 

Whereas, our brother has by faithful and devoted service for so many years, 
manifested his deep love for the cause of Christ, and through whose efforts this 
church house was erected; therefore be it new, 

Resolved, by a vote unanimously agreed and approved, that the name of Memor- 
ial Primitive Baptist Church be changed, and known in the future as "Joseph H. 


In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 

Gooch Memorial Primitive Baptist Church", in honor and loving memory of our 
dear brother, who died aa he has lived, remembering his church and those he loved; 
and further be it 

Resolved, that we return thanks unto God for the fellowship of our dear brother, 
and desire to say in his death, "Thy will be done"; feeling he has fought a/ good 
fight, and has kept the faith; that he has finished his course, and has gone to be 
with Him, whom he loved and served; and finally be it 

Resolved, that we extend to the beloved family, our sympathy; and that a copy 
of these proceedings be spread upon our Minutes, a copy sent to. the bereaved, 
and a copy be sent to "Zion's Landmark" and Signs of the Times" for publication. 

Unanimously approved and adopted, and ordered annexed to the conference 


D. V. Spangler, Moderator. 
Laura R. Gooch, Clerk. 


With a sad heart, I want to say a few words in memory of Brother J. H. Gooch, 
whom I loved so much. 

It is useless for me to eulogize the principles and traits of character this good 
man possessed, because his life was an open book, and I feel I can say of a truth, that 
all who knew him, far and near, regardless of creed or color, loved him. 

I remember first seeing him at Mount Zion Association, August, 20, 1906. At 
that time he was elected Clerk of The Lower Country Line Primitive Baptist Associa- 
tion, which office he filled so faithfully until the Lord saw fit- to call him home. At 
that association, although I was a mere boy, while he was performing his duties as 
Clerk, I saw something about him that made me love him, and the longer he lived 
the better I loved him. 

In the passing of Bro. Gooch there is no one outside his immediate family 
who will miss him as much as I, for I feel my loss will be a double one. I will, 
not only miss him as a brother and friend, but also as a father. 

For the last five years I have been trying to serve as Moderator of our Associa- 
tion, and any question that would arise as to what was for the best interest of our 
Association, I had some one to go to; we would talk things over together. 

His judgment was always good and sound. He had the interest of our Associa- 
tion at heart, and loved peace as much as any man I ever saw. He was well estab- 
lished, and stood firm in the doctrine of salvation by grace. 

It is sad to give him up. We shall miss him, oh ! so much. 

Yet we think of him as mingling with the saints who have gone on before, and 
with his Master, whom he loved and served in this life. 

Should not this make Heaven sweeter to his dear family, relatives and friends, 
and inspire them to try to follow in the footsteps of one who lived such an exemplary 

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life, for he was a man of unquestionable character, honest and reliable. He possessed 
a true knowledge of morality, truth and right. He, was a devout Christian living 
his faith every day. 

His kind exhortation will be greatly missed, but since it was God's will to take 
him, we must be submissive, ever looking unto Him for all things, and may each 
of us strive to follow his example, and if it is God's will, meet him in thd Great 
Beyond, where parting will be no more. 

By one who loved him, 
F. D. Long, Moderator of The Lower Country Line Primitive Baptist Asso. 

I can't find words to express my feelings in the passing of dear Brother Gooch. 
He served as Clerk of The Lower Country Lnie Association for twenty-nine years, 
and as we all know, was faithful to the end. 

He was a leader of distinction, a devout christian, a strong believer in salvation 
by grace, and a lover of the truth. With strong convictions, but liberal with 
his brethren, and will be missed by all — not only by the Association, his church 
and community, but in all walks of life. 

I hope we may keep in memory the careful, prudence, watchfulness, love and 
self sacrifice, which guided him in matters pertaining to the church, and in his business 
We should remember his counsel that our lips may utter no words to offend or 
wound, and above all things live together in peace, one with another. I am sure that 
would be his admonition if he were here to speak. 

Bro. Gooch's life was an open book before all men, and as a humble follower 
of the Lord, was a great inspiration to me. I feel his loss so much. But what a 
great comfort it is to know that when one dies in the Lord they cease from their 
labors, and their works do follow them. 

J. J. Whitley, Asst. Clerk Lower Country Line Primitive Baptist Asso. 

"When our blessed Lord left His disciples to go away from them to the cross, 
that he might prepare for them those mansions of eternal rest into which he prom- 
ised he would receive them unto Himself, He promised he would not leave them 
comfortless, but would send them the Comforter, who should abide with them even 
unto the end of the world. This Comforter is your Stand-by. He will not leave 
you nor forsake you. He fully knows your every need, and He alone can bring 
into your heart true consolation. Bro. Gooch will be greatly missed by his brethren 
and by the churches, especially your little band at Memorial. Yet what a blessing 
to know that he is at rest with the Beloved of his soul. Surely it was "far better" 
for him to depart and be at rest. 

Only a little while, before you yourself, and the rest of us will be called hence. 
Only a few more days, or years at the most. 

I esteemed Bro. Gooch highly for the truth's sake. He has always seemed to 
be so dependable in every relation of life. He was sound in the doctrine of God 
our Savior, he was faithful in his church relations and he was a lover of order and 
uprightness in the church. For all these qualities which we saw in him, we thank 
the Lord. For it is the Lord who works good works in His children. From Him 


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is our fruit found. The Holy Spirit produces in true believers those fruits which 
are well-pleasing to the Father. 

May you willingly resign your loved one to the Father's care, knowing your 
dear husband is free from worry and care, from all sickness and trouble and pain. 
Oh, how blessed it must be to be with the Lord never to be* separated from Him 
more! Our Father does all things well. What He sends us from day to day is 
unerringly right for us. He chooses for us the things which are His best for us. 

May you indeed realize the blessed truth of His sovereign care over you. 

Yours in christian fellowship, 

(Signed) H. H. Lefferts, Editor "Signs of the Times" 

Brother J. H. Gooch was a man greatly esteemed and loved by me for the 
Truth's sake. He was well established in the doctrine of God our Savior and de- 
lighted above all things in hearing the Gospel preached in its purity. This was 
evidenced by the fact that he requested that no eulogy be made of him at his 
funeral, but rather that the Gospel be preached with such ability as God might be 
pleased to give. For many years I have felt that there was no better way of hon- 
oring the dead than to preach the blessed gospel of our Lord to the living, especially 
to believers in the loss of their loved ones. With many other things I had this in 
common with Brother Gooch. His passing means a personal loss to me, and I can, 
therefore, deeply sympathize and mourn with his lonely companion and dear ones, 
the Church of his membership, and the Association which he served as Clerk with, 
exceptional ability for so many years, in their loss, which is his eternal gain. 

For you all and his brethren it would have been more needful for him to have 
remained, but he has departed to be with Christ, which is far better for him. Un- 
der such circumstances, you will sorrow for yourselves, but rejoice for him. The 
loss of his influence will be greatly felt among the large circle of brethren and 
friends, but we must all bow before Him who works all things after the counsel of 
His own will. 

One who shares your loss with you, and who believes that our God does all 
things well. 

R. Lester Dodson, Associate Editor "Signs of the Times" 

"The loss of your dear husband was a shock to me as I was out of town at the 
time. His life was outstanding in his community, church, and for all those near 
and dear to him and an example for all to follow. 

You have the assurance that he is in the land of the blessed, free from all sorrows 
and worries of this life. 

May God's mercy abide with you and keep you as it always has in the past. 
He alone can comfort. 


John D. Gold, Publisher "Zion's Landmark" 

In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch Nineteen 

Dear Sister Gooch :- 

For some time I have resolved to pen you a few words, in remembcrance of dear 
brother Gooch, whom we all felt, to know was to love, in and out of the Church. 
My acquaintance with him was of short duration, in the flesh, but I feel, at that, 
I have known him for years. Characters like himself, are few indeed and none can 
replace them, as each of us has to live the life consecrated unto himself, of the Lord, 
and none can even attempt to imitate such as we all are born to. The only way I 
desire to eugolize him, is, as an example, or sample to follow after, if it be possible 
with us who are left. He was a noble character both in and out! of Church, but 
made so by the heavenly grace and mercy of our God, born unto it, into it, and I 
hope, not only for himself, but for an example of others around him. My very 
regret is, that I did not get to The Lower Country Line Association, his neighborhood 
and church, before he left us. His obituary by Elders Denson, Cobb and Spangler 
in, the Signs in July, was good and touching, as was the "resolutions" passed by 
his church and association. No doubt they all felt his worth, thru his loss to you 
all, when they changed the name of the church building he founded, to his own 
personal name, but I doubt if he would have agreed to it in life, for he felt within 
himself, "no good thing within him, in his flesh." 

We negligently overlooked his demise, during the period of our ''Delaware 
Association," held at Rock Springs, Lancaster County, Penna., May 26th, intending 
to draft resolutions upon his passing from us, but we all who knew him nevertheless 
did not or have not: forgotten him, in person or in memory. We, of Welsh Tract 
Church who knew him, send our love to you in this sad hour of bereavement, 
knowing words cannot heal, oif even comfort one at such a time, and particularly, 
in such a loss. As the glory of one star surpasses another, (without flattery, or 
vanity) I feel I can say, or compare him, in the church, to such surpassing bright- 
ness, for he was really, and truly, an extraordinary 'star', in the Church of God, 
on earth, ins more ways than one. He would not have me say so, but I feel it, 
in my heart. 

Your brother in hope, and sorrow, 

(Signed) J. B. Miller. 

"The words have kept going through and through my mind, "Jesus hath 
abolished Death, — abolished Death, and brought life and immortality to light through 
the gospel." I know though that so often we cannot realize this; but have only 
the aching void that nothing in this world can ever fill." 

Mildred D. Gordy. 


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"God who made the world, and all that is in it, has so knit it together that 
we poor, weak worms of the dust, know nothing of the greatness of His dealings, 
only through and by the things we suffer." 

Sallie F. Aycock. 

"Time will soon pass for us who are left, and with the sweet hope that if we 
are suffering, the afflictions which are but for a moment, work out a far more 
exceeding weight of glory; while we look not on the things that are seen, for the 
things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal." 

Amy S. Hewitt. 

"I have been thinking how dear Joe will be missed in his community, home, 
church and the churches of his association. He surely was "well beloved", and a 
friend to everybody; — the truest of the true. For myself, I sorrow only because 
I shall see his face no more. I believe and am sure that our loss is his eternal gain." 

"Only He who wept at the grave of Lazarus can comfort you." 

E. McConnell. 

"On Sunday night before the funeral, I woke with a song impressed on my 
mind, although I do not remember ever having seen it, and did not know then where 
it was found, but it seemed it was given me in my sleep, as follows: 
"When we appear in yonder cloud, 

Among the ransomed throng, 
Then we will sing more sweet, more loud 
And Christ shall be our song" 

B. C. Clinard. 

"He was faithful and loyal to the highest and best, and held steadfastly to 
what he believed right. "Surely the Heavenly Father will comfort and cherish you in 
this time of loneliness and grief, for He is the final source of all real comfort." 


"Words are too inadequate to tell of such a life. All who knew him know he 
followed his Master as nearly as any mortal could. At the bedside of the sick, in 
the home of the distressed, in the loneliness of the bereaved, and in the valley of 
doubt, the hand and spirit of this dear brother and great leader was felt. 

Bro. Gooch was a sincere, devout, humble and faithful follower of Jesus of 

Those of us who knew him personally have lost a warm and loyal friend. 
"J. H. Gooch Memorial Church," and "The Lower Country Line Primitive 
Baptist Association," have suffered an irreparable loss. 

... He was ready and waiting for his Master's words, 'well done thou good 
and faithful servant; enter thou into the joys of thy Lord'. . . . 

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Memorial Church has lost its strongest pillar. The benediction of his beloved 
presence we shall ever miss. 

In the passing of his spirit into the great Beyond, we realize a true and precious 
brother is gone and there are tears, because spirits like his are already too few, 
but there is joy in the fact that he has passed into a greater and grander life 
beyond the vail through which mortals cannot see. ''Eye hath not seen, nor ear 
heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath 
prepared for them that love Him. v 

Virgie Newton - . 

"I wish to express to you as best I can, my deep sympathy not only for 
your loss, but for the loss of every one who ever came in contact with him. He 
was truly one of the finest Christian gentlemen that I have ever known. He was 
a worthy model for any one who would ever entertain hopes for a success in any 
field of endeavor." 

T. B. Daniel. 

"It is wonderful to live such a life that only good may be spoken of one." 
"How dearly he loved his church." 

"In thinking of Bro. Gooch, these words came into my mind, "Behold the perfect 
man!" and have continued with me. I know full well that he claimed no perfection 
in this carnal nature, but I feel he was made perfect by the blood of Christ. I 
shall always cherish his friendship and fellowship as one of my dearest memories." 

Mary P. Richardson. 

"His spirit and influence will always be felt in that church and community." 

Bessie G. Clark. 

"Words fail me to express my deep appreciation of the friendship which existed 
between us during the many years I knew him. 

From our first meeting, in his home, his friendship had a most pleasing effect 
on my life, and I feel proud of the opportunity of having been associated with this 
honest christian gentleman." 

Carroll Dickerson. 

"He was the most scrupulously honest man I ever knew. He was honest 
because he was honest. I think I know, for I was employed by him,, in his store, 
for three years when I was a young man just starting out in life. 

Any measure of success which has come to me I feel has been due more to 
his training, and the principles he instilled than to any other one." 

J. S. King. 

"For more than thirty years it was my privilege to know Mr. J. H. Gooch 
and feel that through these years he was my friend. He was kind, courteous, 
generous, and absolutely honest in all his dealing with his fellowman. A man of a 


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strength of character seldom seen; such was Joe Gooch. I feel that in his passing 
his church, his neighbors, his county, and his state have suffered an irreparable loss." 

J. M. Baird. 

"Mr. J. H. Gooch was my friend; my warm personal friend. I have never been 
priviledged to have known a finer spirit and a more sympathetic man in all my 

I knew him for more than twenty-nine years. I knew him in a social way, in 
a business way, and I knew him as a deep spiritual man. I found him to be true 
to every cause, faithful to every trust imposed upon him, and always wilHng to lend 
a helping hand to any one, and to any good cause. 

Honest, true, faithful, and patient at all times and under all circumstances. 
I have sustained a great loss by his going and I am yet pained to realize that he 
has left us. I shall ever hold in my heart pleasant memories of the past and count 
it a blessing that it was my privilege to have known him. 

I am fully confident that he ia now at rest with the Lord, where there is no 
pain, but joy forever and ever." 

W. H. Upchurch. 

"Mr. Gooch was an unselfish, untiring friend who was always ready to assist 
those in need. He was a peacemaker. He has brought peace and sunshine into 
broken up and wrecked homes. He has arbitrated many disputes and thereby avoided 
law suits. He never grew tired of assisting those in need. His judgment was sound 
and could usually be relied upon. If he made an error it was of the head and not 
of the heart." 

F. N. 

"You have my heartfelt sympathy in this hours of trouble, and I wish there 
was something I could do or say to bring comfort to your bleeding hearts. 

I have never known a man that I thought was a better man than my friend, 
Jos. H. Gooch. I have many times said if there ever was a good man, he was 
the one. 

Even at his going, we all have so much to be thankful for, that is, he died 
in the Lord." 

Chas. G. Royster. 

"I have appreciated his friendship and confidence, and will always think of 
of him as an unusually good, kind and just man, and I know I will be better 
myself for having known him." 

S. F. Pfohl. 

"If it were not for our christian faith in the future life, sorrow would be 
unbearable, but I knew you have that abiding faith that you can see in this 
separation from your dear one, only God's plan of calling His children home, to be 
reunited in His own good time in the Beyond." 

Pamela Green. 

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"Dying to earth, is just beginning life eternal, and eternal happiness." 

V. Newton. 

"It was my privilege to know Mr. Joseph H. Gooch for thirty-five years. 

"On April 1st, 1908, I began carrying mail on a rural route from Stem Post 
Office, of which he was Postmaster. 

"I ( recall very well his words of advice given me when I began my first day's 
work. They were, 'be courteous, kind and obliging to each patron, and render the 
best service possible.' I must say, Mr. Gooch lived and practiced what he preached. 

"He was glad to see any person stand firm for their conviction in any phase 
of life, politically, or religiously. 

"I never knew him to take the advantage of a person in any way, but always 
gave the other the benefit of the doubt. 

"This noble and patriotic man will be missed in our community. 

"During the many years I worked with Mr. Gooch, to my knowledge, there 
were many, many needy people who came to him for help, and I do not recall a 
single instance when he turned a deaf ear to their humble need. 

"I do not know a man in Granville County who did more for poor people than 
Mr. Gooch did. 

"I feel that I knew him, and can say he was one of the best men I ever knew. 
"A faithful worker with task well done, 
A worthwhile life and the Heavenly home won." 

Logan W. Hall, Stem, N. C. 

"The loss of your dear husband was not only yours, and your family's, but it 
was a loss to all who knew him. But your loss is his eternal gain." 

Mrs. S. Jones. 

"How helpless you feel to even attempt to gather together the tangled threads, 
and go on living. 

May He who "spake as never man spake," by the word of His power command 
the waves 'Be still,' and in His tender mercy, by His spirit apply a soothing balm to 
your wounded heart, enabling you to say, "Thy will be done." 

Eva Hall. 

"He was truly a good man, — good to all." 

W. P. Reed. 

"He who has known sorrow and disappointment in this life, shall know no 
more of these things, but throughout eternity shall sing the praise of Him who 
loved, and gave His life for us." 

C. Brown. 

"He was such a good, man, therefore beloved by all, especially the lilttle flock 
he so much loved. He was blessed with a calm and abiding confidence in an over- 
ruling Providence, and his faith in God's guidance was the prop on which he humbly 

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and habitually leaned. Surely He must have strengthened him during his hours 
of anxiety and trial. What a comforting thought this must be to you!" 

Mary P. Farmer. 

"In times of sorrow it seems to me there is no possession so rich in value as 
the faith that enables one to see God keeping watch over His own." 

Annie J. Wilson. 



Stem, N. C, July 22, 1931. 

In August, 1906, you saw fit to choose me as your clerk. During this quarter 
of a century you have re-elected me without a dissenting voice. I feel that I have 
done my best to fill this position without fear or favor. I have served with four 
Moderators, three of them having passed away during their term of office; all of 
them being unanimously elected each year without any opposition. 

I further wish to state during all this time there has never been, (as I can 
recall), a dissenting voice raised against a single motion or resolution made by any 
of our members. Therefore we are a united body, and I trust that we may ever 
remain so. As there are divisions and discord coming in other Associations, I hope 
you will not think it unbecoming in me to ask that all of us ever strive to remain 
in peace and union. 

Just at this time there seems to be in some sections, a division or contention over 
predestination; I am glad that we have never let such mar our fellowship and 
trust we never will. Some of our brethren have been led much deeper in ,it than 
others, but all of us unanimously agree that God is not the author of sin, therefore 
there is but little difference in us on that point; the seeming difference isf in the 
manner of expressing ourselves. 

I am, as you know, a predestinarian, and know not where to draw the line. To 
say that only good things work together for good, and not all things as declared 
by the Apostle Paul in Rom. 8:28, is more than I care to say; to say that God 
did not have a purpose in the selling of Joseph to the Midianites is more than Jo- 
seph himself said, for he told his brethren that they meant it for evil but God 
meant it for good. When Ahasuerus put away his wife^ Vashti the queen, at the 
suggestion of his wise men, when his heart was merry with wine, (though wickedness 
on their part), and Esther became queen, was it not according to God's purpose 
and plan? Or was it by mere chance? Will the reader read the whole book of 
Esther? I know that finite men can not comprehend God's work. The poet has 
said: "Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan God's work in vain." May the 
seeming difference with us not mar our fellowship, and may each of us present our 

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views in love and not cause confusion. The Master has commanded us when speak- 
ing the truth, to speak it in love. I know of lovely brethren who do not see predes- 
tination as I do, but I can truthfully say that I love them none the less, when their 
lives are in accordance with their profession. Just here I will state that while I 
am an unlimited predcstinarian (if I am allowed to use the word unlimited), one of 
my most favorite preachers is classed as a limited predcstinarian, but I love him 
none the less, and have requested that if he be living, that he attend my funeral, 
when I leave this world, which I feel, at times, will not be long. 

For either the limited or unlimited predestinarians to put up resolutions barring 
good brethren from their Churches, in my opinion is of the flesh. Our Association 
has never passed such resolutions and I trust never will. 

I believe that I would voice the sentiment of our Association, should I say to 
these extremists, on either side, when coming among us, if you can't express your 
views (when necessary), without wounding the feelings of good brethren, we 
would prefer that you stay away. To make a hobby of any special thing will 
starve the children of God. Our old brethren whose dust I love, did not declare non- 
fellowship on such, but remained in unity. Well do I remember my first visit to 
the Black Creek Association at Healthy Plains, in 1900, thirty one years ago. Elder 
J. C. Hall, of Virginia, a strong predcstinarian, was there at the special invitation of 
Elder P. D. Gold, the Moderator, and preached with much ability twice at the 
Association, and once at the home where he was stopping, and not a voice was 
raised against his preaching that I heard of. 

Often have I heard Elder Gold refer to Elder Hall's preaching at that time, 
who said that he looked at the face of his wife while listening at the preaching and 
it shone like that of an angel. 

There are many now living who well remember Elder Hall's preaching at that 

It was my pleasure and privilege to attend the same Association last Fall, thirty 
years later, but Elder Hall was not there, neither was Elder Gold, the former Moder- 

The above is written without the knowledge of our Association, and I alone 
am responsible. 

Brethren, live in peace and union, as did our old brethren, who never thought 
of a division over such matters. 

Submitted in love I trust, 

Yours in Hope, 

Association Clerk. 

Letter from Minutes of The Lower Country Line Primitive Baptist Association 
held at Camp Creek, 1934. 


In Memoriam Joseph Henry Gooch 

* * * * For over twenty-five years I have tried to fill the office of Clerk of 
this Association, and have served with the ability given me, under four different 
Moderators. Our associated service, without exception, has been harmonious and 
always in loving fellowship. I can truthfully say, for the present Moderator, and 
his three predecessors, as well as the other committees associated with us, that in 
all our services and deliberations the peace and harmony of the Churches and 
Associations, consistent with sound doctrine, has been above every other considera- 

Our Association and those with whom we correspond, are all, so far as I know, 
in peace, and we desire to be thankful for this inestimable blessing, and to strive 
always to do all in our power to preserve "the unity of the spirit in the bonds of 

We would like always for our words to be fitly spoken, "like apples of gold in 
pictures of silver," giving no offense, but that all might rebound to the glory of 
God, and the upbuilding of his cause. 

I am now an old man and feel that my days are nearly spent, and my pen 
will soon be turned over to another. May the one you select as my successor be 
more worthy, capable and competent than the writer, and may He who suffers not 
a sparrow to fall without Him, enable you to "contend earnestly for the faith once 
delivered to the saints," and that you "remove not the ancient landmarks, which 
our fathers have set," is my prayer. 

If I never meet you again in another associated capacity, — I desire to say, 
Brethren, farewell. 

Association Clerk. 

From Minutes of The Lower Primitive Baptist Country Line Association held 
at Mt. Lebanon, 1932. 

The following agreement was presented by the Clerk for the consid- 
eration of the Association: 

"It is with much sorrow, that we learn through the Minutes of the***Association, 
recently held, that the*** Association, with whom the Country Line Association has 
corresponded for over one hundred and twenty years, has divided, primarly over 
Predestination, a deep and mysterious subject which none of us fully understand. 
Since the organization of our first Association in America, our brethren have not 
fully agreed on this matter, owing, we believe, to the way they have expressed it, for 
we believe if they fully understood each other there would be but little difference. 
All of us agree that God is not the author of sin, nor in any way does He make 
man sin, but looks upon sin with much displeasure; yet by the acts of wicked men 
his glorious purposes are often accomplished, which is in accordance with his will 
and purpose. 

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Just how it is done we know not. God is a Sovereign, and there is no tribunal 
before which he can be arraigned, for "He doeth according to his will in the army 
of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay his hand, or 
say unto him, What doest thou?" Daniel 4:35. 

Please read Genesis fiftieth Chapter, and Acts 2nd. and 4th. Chapters. Therefore 
be it unanimously agreed, that we refuse to follow the*** Association in her recent 
acts, or give her the least encouragement in the same. To do so, would bap from 
our presence at this session, some of the most gifted and beloved preachers we have, 
and would cast a reflection upon the doctrine that many of our able and much loved 
Ministers, now past away, have proclaimed since our first recollection. 

As unprofitable discussion of this subject has caused confusion and division in 
the aforesaid Association, as well as among other lovely brethren, we would, for the 
sake of peace and harmony, request all of our preachers, those in the bounds of our 
Association, as well as those visiting us, that when speaking on this deep and myster- 
ious subject, (which none of us fully understand), to present it as they- see it, but 
use only Biblical phrases, (expressions) as far as possible, and speak in love, so 
that even the weakest of the flock may not be offended. 

When we speak the truth in love, it is to edification and not to confusion. Elec- 
tion and Predestination are cardinal points in our doctrine, and we have no desire 
to erase them from our Articles of Faith. We have never felt, nor do we now 
feel, that the apparent difference in the views of our brethren on this matter, is 
sufficient cause for a division, or a test of fellowship. 

May both sections of the, * * * and all other Associations, including our own, 
be kept as little children, forget their differences and live in peace, is our prayer." 

The above was read on Saturday, and again on Monday, and at both readings 
unanimously approved, and ordered annexed to our Minutes. 

The above was presented to The Lower Country Line Association by Mr. Gooch, 
adopted and unanimously approved, and ordered annexed to the Minutes of the 
Association, in session with Flat River Church, Person County, N. C, July, 1933. 

(Extract from a letter written by him in May, 1933, in speaking of his 
Church and its services). 

"This is the greatest wordly pleasure I have, and feel at times that I can witness 
with the Apostle Paul when he says, "If in this world only we have hope, I am 
of all men most miserable." 

"Therefore I feel that this world is not my home, and that I will soon be num- 
bered with the dead, but if not deceived, I have an humble hope, though at times 
very small, that He whom I trust quickened my natural body, will one day resurrect 
same, I trust in a glorified form, where I hope to meet many of those who are near 
and dear to me." 

Association Clerk. 

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"Believer in salvation by grace, having no confidence in the flesh". 


"Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide; 
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide I 
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee 
Help of the helpless, abide with me! 

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day; 
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away; 
Change and decay in all around I see; 

thou, who changest not, abide with me! 

1 need thy presence every passing hour, 

What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power? 
Who, like thyself, my guide and stay can be? 
Thro' cloud and sunshine, abide with me! 

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; 
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies; 
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee! 
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!'* 

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"I want t6 insist that our brethren everywhere shall be careful how they join 
in any non-fellowship resolutions, for we know not how and when the Lord will 
visit his Zion and open the eyes of those who hate his way and his truth. 

Undoubtedly those of us who have been taught the truth of God's doctrine of 
Predestination, are going to teach it, but we should be careful how we handle God's 
sacred truth. We should not handle it defiantly. Handle it in the love and the 
fear of God whose truth it is. Don't try to down those of our brethren; who can- 
not see it as we do. Did not the Lord teach it to us? * * * 

I feel that the good Lord gave me just what I have in that, as well as any 
other points of the doctrine of his word. 

Therefore I do feel that it is right for me to be patient with my brethren on 
this, as well as other points of the doctrine of God our Savior. Andi while this is 
true, I feel that my brethren should not try to declare against me for teaching 
just what I feel that God has taught to mc. 

Either way would not be charitable to each other. To get up a war over 
these things is not good for the house of our God. We are brethren, and we 
should not fall out by the way. 

(Quoted from Zion's Landmark, March IS, 1926, pages 138 and 139, written by 
L. H. Hardy.) 

"Where does Predestination start or stop? I cannot tell. 

While predestination directly concerns and applies to the church, it so controls 
the actions of men as to assure the righteous accomplishment of all God's will, yet so 
condemning sin and the sinner as to utterly preclude any man in justifying any of 
his wickedness, or charging it to God; still God determined beforehand' that wicked 
men with wicked hands should crucify his own holy son — a deed so far as they 
were concerned the most wicked, still it was foreordained. 

Shall we not humbly close our mouths and be still and know that the Lord, He 
is God, and does his will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the 
earth; and should we not rather hold our peace than to darken counsel with words 
without knowledge and avoid plunging in depths and heights of mystery where angels 
keep silent." 

(Quoted from article in Zion's Landmark of Oct. 1, 1926, page 331 (which was 
republished from Landmark of July IS, 1900) written by Elder P. D. Gold.) 


"When I was received into the fellowship of the church, I did not believe the 
doctrine of predestination in an unlimited sense, but for some years I have been 
given a different understanding from what I then thought to be the doctrine as set 
forth by such men as Elders Beebe, Durand, Purington, Chick, White and others. 
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"I am not able to say when nor how, this change came about, except I should 
be allowed in a modest way to claim that it was by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

I would not be understood as intimating that my brethren who do not see 
this as I think I do, have not the revelation of Christ in them and are not 
called ministers of God, but that they have not received it according to this particu- 
lar attribute — for if I preach the gospel now, I did when I did not believe the 
doctrine of unlimited predestination. 

I am glad to be able to say that while I had rather that all could see it 
as I do, and believe it, yet I have not the slightest non-fellowship for one who 
feels that he does not believe it. 

When one seems to be moved by a war-like spirit against it„ I don't like that 
spirit or disposition, nor do I favor a continual and persistent disposition in one 
who believes it, to discredit those who do not. 

Sound doctrine must be and is consistent with christian experience, and the 
children of God can but be comforted in the doctrine when they see this consis- 
tency and this can only be seen in the light of such experience." 

(Quoted from article written by Elder P. G. Lester appearing in Zion's Landmark 
of February 1, 1907, pages 134 and 135. 

Dear Brother Gold, 

I have not traveled very extensively among the old Baptists, but have been 
among them 25 years, and 15 years of that time I have been actively engaged in 
trying to preach among them, and have read from one to four of their periodicals 
almost continuously every since my sojourn among them, and while I have exper- 
ienced much joy and comfort in the blessed assemblies, have seen and felt, and 
heard many things that make the heart sick, and have brought' desolation, destruc- 
tion, death and ruin to the churches and individual members, and' I do' hope I am 
prompted by the spirit of Christ in, humility and meekness, to point out some of 
those hurtful things that grow out of jealousy, envy, prejudice and tradition, which 
all begin in the pulpit, terminate in the confusion and distraction of the flock, with 
general coldness, and alienation, heart-aches, and trouble and sorrow. There is 
one subject that I wish to mention in this connection, (and I do it with fear and 
trembling), that seems to be a "bone of contention", among Primitive Baptists at 
this time, and the only reason that I mention it is because that I have heard it 
intimated on both sides that it will sooner or later bring a division. 

Would to God I could speak in this letter so as to quell the fears of the weak 
and to "stop the mouths of gainsayers," and to impress upon the minds of' all the 
spirit of forbearance, and not to make that a test of fellowship which has been 
the Gibralter of the church since the days of the apostles. I refer to Predestination. 
Why should the people of God contend about this doctrine to the hurt of the 
daughters of Zion? I do believe that the difference is more imaginary than real. 
Brethren imbued with a spirit of controversy, and perhaps with more "zeal" than 
knowledge, and then they are so prejudiced that they cannot discuss the subject with- 
out misrepresenting the views of those who differ with them. I shall never forget 
what Elder I. J. Taylor, once said in his preaching at Nazareth Church 

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Tuscalousa County, Alabama. He said "Prejudice has neither eyes, nor 
ears." The expression made a lasting impression on my mind, I have 
never forgotten it, and I have found it too true. Those who are called "absolute 
Predestinarians" of the one side, will call the other side Arminians, and those who are 
called limited predestinarians, will brand the other side with "fatalism," and say 
they make God the author of sin, and all the wickedness that is done in the world. 
Brethren do not all sound Baptists believe in the perfect sovereignty of God over 
all things, all beings and all worlds, and in His fixed purposes respecting 
all things, being and events? Is this too hard? Is it fatalism? Is it 
too soft? Is it Arminianism? Is this not bible doctrine? Does not this 
cover all the ground that the strongest advocate of the Predestination of 
all things desires to cover? And does it cover too much ground for any sound Old 
School or Primitive Baptist? If you answer in the affirmative why then "strive 
about words to no profit?" We all know that "sin is the transgression of the 
law", and that sin entered into the world through the offence of the one man, 
Adam. But behind it all was the grand and glorious purpose of God in the salva- 
tion and redemption; of his people. We know that Saul was a wicked king over 
Israel, and he envied and persecuted David, the man. "after God's own heart", and 
David was a type of Christ, and his sufferings were a type of the sufferings of 
Christ, and behind it all was the immutable purpose of God to bring David to the 
throne, and to establish his typical kingdom in Isreal. We know that God command- 
ed Abraham to slay his son, Isaac, but behind it all was his purpose to prevent 
him, and receive Isaac, in a figure, and just as He provided the ram in the place of 
Isaac, so He has provided Jesus as the "one offering for sin," and who has "by one 
offering perfected forever them that are sanctified." Through envy and jealousy 
Joseph's brethren sold him as a slave in Egypt, thinking to get rid of him forever, 
and to bring his inspired dreams to naught; but God was with him, and his grand 
and glorious purposes were behind it all to provide temporal salvation for his 
chosen people Isreal, in the time of famine, which had not yet come, when Joseph's 
brethren did their dirty work. The betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus was a wicked 
work. "Him ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain," but be- 
hind it all was the eternal purpose, and "determinate counsel and fore knowledge 
of God", to redeem and save with an everlasting salvation, all the chosen people of 
God, who were "chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world that they 
should be holy and without blame before him in love." Paul was arraigned before 
Felix and Agrippa and tried for his life. He appealed unto Caeser. He went bound 
asj a prisoner to Rome, yet behind it all was the purpose and declaration of the 
Lord. "Fear not Paul, for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem so must thou 
also testify of me in Rome." But why multiply scriptual instances? Are not these 
things so? Then why dispute about them? Let us stop and consider, and remem- 
ber that we be brethren. Let us search the scriptures, "and if any man lack wis- 
dom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally, anci it shall be given him." 

I fear we are too much inclined to be "self -willing" in these things, whoever 
heard a Baptist say that God is the author of sin, or that God forces men to sin? 
Whoever heard a Baptist preach a "general atonement," or a conditional system of 


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salvation? No man can receive anything except it be given him from heaven. No 
man can believe or preach anything that God has not revealed to him. "Let us 
follow after the things that make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify 
another." I am satisfied from observation that the misconstruction some of God's 
dear children place upon God's purposes and predestination leads them to erroneous 
practices, or rather no practice at all; while others no doubt like Abraham and 
Sarah get uneasy for fear the Lord will not bring his work to pass in time, and go 
to work to help the Lord bring in the promised seed. The result eitfier way is 
always a failure on the part of the creature." 

(Part of a letter written by Elder H. J. Redd tc» Elder P. D. Gold, and printed 
in Zion's Landmark of February IS, 1896.)